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What do Biomass Power Plant Managers do?

Manage operations at biomass power generation facilities. Direct work activities at plant, including supervision of operations and maintenance staff.

What are the Main Tasks of Biomass Power Plant Managers?

  • Conduct field inspections of biomass plants, stations, or substations to ensure normal and safe operating conditions.
  • Monitor the operating status of biomass plants by observing control system parameters, distributed control systems, switchboard gauges, dials, or other indicators.
  • Supervise biomass plant or substation operations, maintenance, repair, or testing activities.
  • Evaluate power production or demand trends to identify opportunities for improved operations.
  • Inspect biomass gasification processes, equipment, and facilities for ways to maximize capacity and minimize operating costs.
  • Operate controls to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
  • Plan and schedule plant activities such as wood, waste, or refuse fuel deliveries, ash removal, and regular maintenance.
  • Prepare and manage biomass plant budgets.
  • Prepare reports on biomass plant operations, status, maintenance, and other information.
  • Review biomass operations performance specifications to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels and safe production environments or to identify abnormalities with power production equipment or processes.
  • Shut down and restart biomass power plants or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Supervise operations or maintenance employees in the production of power from biomass such as wood, coal, paper sludge, or other waste or refuse.
  • Adjust equipment controls to generate specified amounts of electrical power.
  • Compile and record operational data on forms or in log books.
  • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
  • Monitor and operate communications systems, such as mobile radios.
  • Test, maintain, or repair electrical power distribution machinery or equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and testing devices.
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